Public comment open to restore roadless rule for Tongass


November 24, 2021

JUNEAU (AP) — The federal government said Nov. 18 that it’s beginning the process of repealing a Trump-era rule that permitted road building and logging in the Tongass National Forest, home to about 60,000 people and habitat for wolves, bears and salmon.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that a proposed measure to repeal last year’s Forest Service rule will be published for public comment this week, beginning a 60-day process.

The previous rule exempted more than 9 million acres in the Tongass from a 2001 nationwide rule that banned road construction, reconstruction and tim...

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